ALAMANCE COUNTY, N.C. -- A woman was shot and assaulted in the backyard of her Burlington home Monday morning.
The shooting occurred in the 600 block of Lakeside Avenue around 10 a.m. Monday.
Debra Wilson, 56, was in her backyard when a man approached her. Police say the man shot her with either a pellet gun or small caliber gun and then assaulted her by striking her face and head.
Her brother, Dan Doby, says Wilson was looking for her pet cat at the time of the attack.
"She went out behind her garage, which she spent 30 years paying for, and got the devil beat out of her," said Doby. "I would call him a man but he`s not, and he never will be."
A neighbor witnessed the assault and saw the suspect running from the home.
The victim was able to go to her neighbor Robert Dunstan's house for help.
"She said he just walked up and started shooting and beating on her," said Dunstan. "It`s nuts. There`s no apparent reason for it whatsoever."
Wilson was taken to Alamance Regional Medical Hospital then transferred to UNC Hospital for treatment.
Her injuries do not appear to be life threatening, officials say.
The suspect was described as a tall, black male with thin build, wearing a blue or gray shirt and jean shorts. The suspect used his shirt to cover his face during the assault and was last seen running towards the Hill Street area.
Officers do not know if the woman and man know each other. However, Doby believes the attack on his sister is a sign of a bigger problem in the neighborhood.
"The police are doing a pretty good job, but there has to be more community involvement. If you don`t want the thugs here, let`s get them out," said Doby. "This little thug has picked on the wrong family and the wrong neighborhood."
Anyone with information is asked to call the Burlington Police Department at 336-229-3500 or Alamance County Crime Stoppers at 336-229-7100.